Our Photographer of the Year 2023 is now closed for submissions.
Cash prizes of US$10,000 have been set aside for the winner and two runners-up. Winners and their partners will also join our CEO Simon Espley and his wife Lizz on the in Botswana. ultimate private safari
Judging for Photographer of the Year will take place throughout the month of May 2023, and the winners will be announced in early June 2023.
Here is Gallery 2 of the best Photographer of the Year submissions for this week. To see the other galleries, follow the links:
Gallery 1, Gallery 3.
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Snatched from the jaws of defeat. An exhausted young yellow baboon fights for his life as he is repeatedly pulled under the water by a crocodile. Amazingly, the photographer reports that he later escaped – undoubtedly painful, but perhaps somewhat the wiser for his misadventure. Tsavo River, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya. © Nicolas Urlacher
“Local Lozi women fishing with baskets in Liuwa Plain.” Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. © Andrew Macdonald
Maybe if I stay really, really still, they’ll think I’m a piece of lichen. A baby Johnston’s three-horned chameleon clings to the end of a branch. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. © Beate Riedmann
Common brown water snakes are expert divers, using their aquatic skills to prey on smaller fish species like these Clanwilliam redfin fish. However, the photographer observed that the fish were relaxed despite their relative proximity and appeared to have a good understanding of the snake’s striking distance. Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa. © Geo Cloete
Bakossi and Queen. Bakossi’s family were killed by bushmeat poachers, and she was taken for the pet trade. Now an orphan at the Limbe Wildlife Centre, she is cared for by an expert team of rehabilitators, including Queen. “This image is part of a photographic project about the trafficking of primates in Central Africa and the rehabilitation of those lucky ones that arrive at rescue centres. My big goal is to bring international awareness and support to those fighting to protect our closest relatives.” Limbe Wildlife Centre, Republic of Cameroon. © Gerard Carbonell
In a fit of bravado, this male lion decided to stand his ground when confronted by a small herd of elephants but was forced to turn tail at the last moment. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Ivan Glaser
The dry season colour palette. MalaMala Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa. © Michael Raddall
Even the fiercest of predators need a mother’s support now and again. Nairobi National Park, Kenya. © Nicolas Urlacher
Frozen in mid-air: the photographer captures the moment a cheetah attempts to catch a warthog. “The hunt was…a flop!” Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Paolo Torchio
The aptly-named and profoundly adorable eastern rock elephant shrew (eastern rock sengi). Kimberley, South Africa. © Sergey Savvi
A wildebeest succumbs to the teeth and claws of its four cheetah pursuers. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © Amith Krishna
A juvenile pale chanting goshawk lives up to its name. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana. © David Heucke
The animals of burden: “This Afar salt trader and his donkeys are on their way in for their long track to desolate Danakil Depression to collect salt to deliver in the Marakiele. They have already been without water for two days and will only drink water after another two days of trekking.” Danakil Depression, Ethiopia. © Hesté de Beer
Elephant trunks are believed to be one of the most sensitive body parts in the animal kingdom. They are also very heavy! Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa. © Karen Blackwood
An endangered African penguin checking on its chicks. Boulders Beach, Western Cape, South Africa. © Ponlawat Thaipinnarong
A deadly encounter when a black-necked spitting cobra strikes a puff adder. After the bite, the cobra retreated out of reach of retaliation and waited for its venom to take effect. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. © Ren Schiffer
Wait, did I remember to pick up the baby? A baboon arrives for an afternoon drink while her curious offspring extends a hand to grasp the droplets. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. © Tania de Siebenthal
This elephant bull froze momentarily to listen as the photographer approached an underground hide. Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa . © Dirk Uys
Leaping for their lives. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Jeff Cable
Shhh, my mom is sleeping. Chamobonda National Park, Zimbabwe. © Liz Lane
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